Northwestern University describes memory interestingly: Their researchers write that memory is like the telephone game; each time you remember the past, your brain distorts it a little.
For those who don’t know, the telephone game is where participants whisper a message to the next person in line. By the time the message gets to the end of the line, it’s usually a bit different.
In a previous article, we discussed the matter of preserving history in general and how NFTs can help in that endeavor. In brief, we know our collective memories are sometimes unreliable, we know that we’re biased, and, the truth is, there are many details we don’t know.
That’s why committing certain things to something unchangeable, such as the blockchain, is quite important. It raises our level of certainty about historic data. Moreover, decentralization helps against censorship but also fosters responsibility for local histories.
In this article, we’ll cover how NFTs, and the NFThistory platform, can help with preserving our own memories. And we’ll explain why future photos will be stored on the blockchain.
Let’s get personal
Just as documenting a country’s history has challenges, so does documenting your own story. Memories are never 100% accurate. Sometimes, they’re unreliable. We also have our biases, we forget, we leave out details, and so on.
The intensity of the moment can also affect our memories. For example, police investigators have long relied on eyewitnesses to catch criminals. However, eyewitnesses aren’t as reliable as you’d think, due to heightened anxiety while seeing a crime carried out or being the victim of a crime.
For instance, in the USA, 239 convictions were overturned during the 1990s and 2010s due to new DNA evidence. Among those 239 wrongful convictions, 73 stemmed from incorrect eyewitness testimonies (Innocence Project). Inaccurate memories caused people to be convicted of murders, robberies and other crimes they didn’t commit.
In criminal justice, DNA evidence is far more reliable than eyewitness accounts. Similarly, when it comes to preserving memories, we should see new technologies, like non-fungible tokens, as a much better way to preserve our stories.
Think about it: If a director were to make a documentary about your life, they would interview friends and family that knew you. Chances are their memories are distorted. Therefore, the documentary wouldn’t be entirely accurate.
But what if NFTs had documented your time on this earth?
Then you could preserve your memory accurately — now and forever. That documentary would tell your story the right way.
How does NFThistory help?
Since NFThistory gives you an opportunity to preserve a historic moment on the blockchain, it can give you the same opportunity to do it with your own memories that you find worthy of NFT commemoration.
Sure, you may think you have other places to store your memories, such as your computer. But files can get lost or corrupted. Physical photos in your album lose their vibrancy as time passes.
Plus, how many times have you lost pictures? Over the years, you’ve probably lost photos on old smartphones too.
The blockchain, on the other hand, is forever. When you store memories on the NFThistory platform, no one can ever remove them.
All sorts of personal events make sense as an NFT, such as:
- Your graduation from university
- Your wedding date
- The birth of a child
- The day you bought a house
- Personal achievements, like winning an award
When you put these events onto a platform like NFThistory, you ensure they never get lost, corrupted, or misremembered. They stay on the blockchain in their original, accurate format.
Furthermore, what if you want to preserve something much grander in scope? For instance, what if you set a world record?
You could apply to be put in the Guinness World Records. However, you’ll probably have to pay for it, as their Wikipedia article says:
“While any person can theoretically send in a record to be verified for free, the approval process is slow. Would-be record breakers that paid fees ranging from US$12,000 to US$500,000 would be given advisors, adjudicators, help in finding good records to break as well as suggestions for how to do it, prompt service, and so on.”
So, you have to pay large sums of money to Guinness World Records to preserve world-record-setting memories. With NFThistory, that’s not the case. You’ll be able to commemorate your world records quite swiftly and efficiently and for a fraction of a price. Since the blockchain is trustless and permissionless, you’d be able to trust it to record the event in the first place — and record it correctly. And you wouldn’t have to ask anyone for permission to do so.
Everything is in your hands.
In addition, preserving your memories as NFTs gives you greater ownership of your content. If you want, you can monetize your NFTs. For example, if you witness a viral event, a news outlet could buy the NFT of that event from you on our platform. If you record a concert from a unique angle, another fan may pay you for that NFT.
The point is this: Your memories are your own, and the way in which you choose to cherish them should be up to you as well.
At NFThistory, we’re here to help you do just that: Preserve your own memories in the way you’d like.
NFThistory is the world’s first platform for acquiring and transferring ownership of historic moments using blockchain. From the landing on the moon to the birth of Bitcoin, you can own, buy and sell any date and moment in human history on NFThistory’s platform.
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